“As 2016 presidential candidates flocked to spend Independence Day in early voting states such as Iowa and New Hampshire, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton found herself defending her record on policy and the size of crowds at her events.”
Many of us are still fuming about the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case.
By Robert A. Vella
Well over a year ago, The Secular Jurist began to repeatedly warn Democrats they would lose the crucial 2014 election and seriously divide the party going forward if they didn’t coalesce around a core set of principles (see here, here, and here). In A Blueprint for the Left, we proposed the following political platform:
- Economic fairness through the concern for workers and for human prosperity.
- Social justice as a principled commitment to civil rights and equal application of the law.
- Public education as the instrument of knowledge and for developing productive citizens.
- Secular government to ensure both freedom of, and freedom from religion.
- Political equality via open democracy and restricting the corrupting influence of money.
- Self-determination through the preclusion of transnational and supranational authorities.
Now, after the November debacle, some Democrats are warming-up to our idea… belatedly. From Richard Eskow of Campaign…
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I was horrified when, through the “Citizens United” ruling, corporations were given the Supreme Court’s blessing to spend unlimited sums of money on the candidates of their choice. How, I wondered, can individuals like me have an equal say in elections? Can my vote still count?
Just a few nights ago, I got an email from an activist group I’m a member of called People For the American Way (PFAW). Now I have hope that, just maybe, important reforms can be made to America’s campaign finance laws. I always knew it was a long shot, so getting this email was a very pleasant and very encouraging surprise: